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Dr Sharon Edwards

EdD, NTF, SFHEA, MSc, PGCEA, DipN (Lon), RN

Senior Lecturer

School of Nursing and Allied Health

Biography

Specialise in preparing practical ‘live’ human patient and student-led simulations. These ensure students develop reflection-in-action skills, which can help to identify deteriorating patients and make decisions, impacting on their professional development. Developing students to grow involves not just the scientific and theoretical teaching materials, but different ideas e.g. stories (my own, others’ and students’) for students to understand the human experience, insight into the dimensions of the human condition and the lived experiences of illness, suffering, dying, healing, pain and disability. Assessments are innovative (self-reflection and peer-review, capstone transformative assessments, video) to develop critical thinking and analysis skills, which enables students to understand the unpredictable nature of patient conditions, preparing them for their future role. Technology in my teaching is paramount and aims to improve student understanding and apply this to individual patient care at the bedside. Keeping up to date is essential and attained through writing, publishing and attending conferences. My writing informs my teaching in the classroom and my learning and teaching materials. My doctorate research used narrative methodology and now my research incorporates developing, implementing, evaluating and sustaining innovative learning, teaching and assessment strategies. My teaching is clinically up to date due to attending clinical practice each week and engaging with students’ reflections of caring for patients, to help them make sense of their experiences. Reflexivity is important to me to continuously improve my insight into myself as a teacher.